(Reuters) – A Republican majority in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives presents opportunities and challenges for technology-related legislation in Congress.
Big industry groups are drawing up wish lists and honing strategy. The following are some of the developments technology and telecommunications lobbyists are watching in the next Congress:
WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Comcast Corp and
AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet “fast lanes”
that may hurt consumers’ freedom to roam the Web, the leading
U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee chairman in recent letters.
Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet
service providers (ISPs), urging them to pledge that they would
not enter any so-called paid prioritization deals, in which
content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast
delivery of their traffic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast Corp has no plans to create “fast lanes” for any Internet websites or applications, the top U.S. cable and broadband provider reassured the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in a recent letter.
Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet service providers (ISPs), asking them to pledge to reject so-called paid prioritization deals, in which content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From viral videos to selfies, listicles and “throwback Thursday” photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned.
Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes.
WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission in coming weeks will vote on whether
Internet TV should have the same access to television
programming as cable and satellite TV providers, which could
shake up competition in the video industry.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday said he has asked his
fellow commissioners to vote on a proposal that would help
Internet TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish
Network Corp, Sony Corp and Verizon
Communications Inc, to compete with traditional pay-TV
for digital rights to major network programming.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday.
The FCC has been working on rules for the so-called incentive auction in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves considered the “beach front property” of radio spectrum for their reach and strength.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar “fast lanes” to affiliated services.
As regulators work on new so-called “net neutrality” rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leverage a bigger Comcast Corp could wield over Internet access nationally is one of the key issues U.S. antitrust regulators are discussing in meetings about the proposed merger with cable rival Time Warner Cable Inc, according to sources who have attended such meetings.
Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), who could block the $45 billion merger plan, have held numerous confidential meetings with Comcast’s competitors, partners, interest groups and other stakeholders.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. automaker General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has emerged as a heavyweight ally of the wireless carriers battling against stricter Internet traffic rules, with a new letter that linked the issue to wirelessly connected cars.
In a letter to a Federal Communications Commission official viewed by Reuters on Wednesday, GM’s Global Connected Consumer executive director, Harry Lightsey III, urged the FCC to “retain the critical distinction” among rules for fixed and mobile Internet traffic and said new limitations for the mobile industry may constrain innovation in connected cars.
WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine will not need a new
International Monetary Fund financing program unless its
conflict with pro-Russian separatists worsens significantly,
Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said on Monday.
In an interview with a small group of reporters, Shlapak
said the IMF’s current $27 billion international financial
lifeline was adequate for now and flatly ruled out a
restructuring of the nation’s debts, which some analysts have
said may be needed to avoid a default.